By: Lauren Perrodin

Every year, high school teachers look forward to taking part in the AP Summer Institute (APSI) at UCR University Extension for the latest strategies and AP class structure. This year we’ve moved the institute online and combined several offerings so you can get the most out of your experience.

Registration is open and the program starts July 10th! Do something new and challenging this summer to prepare yourself (and your students) for the next school year.

What to Look Forward to This Year

2023’s APSI includes three offerings, each presenting a specific instructional strategy that could fit into your AP class and help your students succeed in the next school year. All three offerings are supported and developed following the College Board guidelines.


This is a four-day program based on what you’ll need to teach an AP class for the 2023-2024 school year. It has the most up-to-date content and helps to prepare students for college courses.

Every course will be delivered online with digital materials. You must register by July 7th, but if you register by June 30th, you’ll be eligible for the early bird discount.

This year, we're offering the following subject sessions:

  • English Language and Composition Combined for Beginning & Advanced Teachers
  • English Literature for Beginning Teachers
  • US History
  • World History
  • Government and Politics - U.S.
  • Human Geography
  • Micro and Macroeconomics
  • Calculus AB
  • Statistics
  • Precalculus
  • Biology
  • Physics I
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture

APSI is open for registration now through July 7th.

Project-Based Learning Series

Shifting from online-only courses, this Project-Based Learning (PBL) Series is a 30-hour, four-day workshop that provides you with the tools you’ll need to teach AP Environmental Science with a hands-on approach. This workshop is taught on the UCR University Extension campus.

PBL is backed with support from PBLWorks, an institute of education that aims to help students better retain the information they’re learning with interactive lesson planning. By mastering the newest AP content, teaching content, teaching methods, lesson plans and grading methodologies, educators will equip their high school students with a level of learning comparable to a first year of college.

The workshop is cut into five projects that will teach you how to implement a project-based instructional approach. It will require you to commit to sustained professional development that reaches beyond a standard APSI intensive.

Once the workshop is over, there are four 3-hour follow-up sessions to help answer questions and guide you through the school year. The additional sessions will earn you more continuing education units (CEUs) than those who attend a standard APSI.

You must register by May 29th; the course starts June 12th.

Outcomes are impressive: The chances of a student scoring 3 or higher on the AP exams rose 8% after taking a project-based learning curriculum. Teachers will also learn how to use AP Classroom Best and Instructional Planning Reports data to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their students.

AP Capstone

Gearing up to teach your first year of AP Seminar and AP Research? You’ll need to complete an AP Capstone course. The Capstone will teach you how to facilitate student research and project-based learning.

If you’re unfamiliar with this type of AP instruction, learn more about it through the AP Capstone Diploma Program. If you’re ready to get started, register by June 26th; the workshop begins July 10th.

How to Get Started

These workshops, intensives and courses are designed to help high school teachers prepare to guide their top-level students toward their Advanced Placement exams and early college credit.

Be sure to register as soon as possible via our Cvent portal or through the links provided above. We look forward to learning together this summer!